Temple student dies after being found unconscious in university library

Cherry and white Temple University flag hangs outside of old stone buildings

A flag hangs on campus at Temple University. (WHYY News file photo)

A student found unconscious in Temple University’s Paley Library on Monday was pronounced dead after he was taken to Hahnemann University Hospital.

Michael Paytas was a fourth-year marketing student in the Fox School of Business, according to an email statement sent to all faculty, students and staff from Richard Englert, university president. Paytas, 24, transferred to Temple from Delaware County Community College in 2014. He was from Holmes, Pennsylvania.

Brandon Lausch, a university spokesman, said no foul play is expected in Paytas’ death. The Philadelphia medical examiner’s office will determine the cause of death.

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This is the fourth sudden death of a student at Temple this semester.

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